The origin of the Jewish community in Singapore can be traced to a census dated 1830 which records the presence of nine traders of the Jewish faith in Singapore. However, it is uncertain if any of these traders actually settled in Singapore because in 1833, only a total of three Jews were recorded as actual settlers. Some may have returned to their land of origin to bring family members back to Singapore. By 1833, the numbers had increased to 22 Jews: 18 males and four females. By 1858 there were 20 Jewish families in Singapore.